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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 18:32:39 -0400 (EDT) Subject: RE: Curriculum and Women Ester Zar in Mail Jewish Volume 32 Number 16 gives a lengthy halachic discussion of what women can learn with a great many sources. But this still does NOT answer my original point---that the real issue is not WHETHER we can learn or DEVELOPING GOOD ROLE MODELS but rather WHAT we should be teach. Ester neglected to mention the explicit heter by the chafetz chayiim that we teach girls today because they are forced by the government to attend school anyway and it is therefore better that they learn Jewish subjects vs totally non jewish subject (Ester mentioned this implicitly in passing) But my original question is still NOT answered--why do you teach these girls for 12 years!?!?! Here is a simple quiz (which everyone should pass--even those following the stringencies on Esters list). This quiz can be given to a girl at any stage of (K thru 12). How many girls can pass it at each grade level Readers are encouraged to test their female relatives (daughters neices etc) I reiterate that the Jewish community has a challenging question before it... development of a syllabus that meets educational goals (and prohibitions). Here is the quiz: 1) The Midrash says that "RUth has no 'dos' or 'don'ts'--why then was it canonized? Because it teaches caring (Chesed). How many acts of chesed can you list from Ruth (2) List the number of ways that Ester influenced Jewish history (eg Most people don't know she fought with the Sanhedrin to establish purim) (3) List the 7 female prophets (4) Relate the story of Yehudith--what Biblical model did she follow....how do we commemorate this story (5) Name and tell the story of a woman who saved a jewish city (6) Name and tell the story of a woman who reunited a father and son Again: the above quiz relates to 'permissable' learning even according to the more stringent opinions brought by Ester. How many girls can do well on it? What are we doing about our curriculum to improve it. Russell Jay Hendel; Phd ASA; rhendel@towson.edu Moderator Rashi is Simpl http://www.shamash.org/rashi/